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Grad+ Series: Using Open Educational Resources for Teaching and Learning
William T Young Library, Room 1-78
Thursday, October 24, 2019 - 2:30pm
This event is designed for graduate students.
Amid the concerns about the costs of higher education are the escalating prices of textbooks. According to the Census Bureau, the costs of college textbooks have risen 812% from 1978 to 2012. To alleviate students’ financial burdens, some educators have switched to library resources and/or openly licensed peer-reviewed materials (open educational resources, or OERs) in place of traditional textbooks. In addition to being free of charge to students, OERs allow instructors to customize the content to suit their pedagogical needs and provide students with up-to-date information on the subject. Research studies reveal that instructors and students in general think that “OERs are as good or better than traditional textbooks.” Governments at different levels recognize the benefits of OER and have made available grants to support the creation and adoption of them.